WP edge Boland in historic Over-50s match

April 24 was an historic day in Veterans Cricket as the Boland Over-50 Invitational side hosted their Western Province counterparts at the picturesque Pickstone Oval at Groot Drakenstein Games Club for a first ever match between these two teams.

Home captain Dave Bakker won the toss and decided to bat first, with Andre Geldenhuys and Milton Daniels taking first strike and Riaan van der Rheede and Anwell Newmann opening the bowling for WP.

The two batsmen got stuck in, forcing visiting captain Louis Koen into some early bowling changes. And they paid off, with Grant Jansen picking up 1/11 in his five overs, before Donovan Holman shut up shop at the other end to eventually finish with 1/32 from eight overs.

Geldenhuys was out for 23 off 37 balls with the score at 71 from 10 overs, while the wily Bruce ‘Cookie’ Wilson (2/28 in eight) was at his brilliant best, picking up the wicket of Daniels for an excellent 51 of 29 deliveries.

But the star of the show with the ball was Deon Kemp, whose 4/38 restricted the hosts to 177. Bruce Sharpe (2/8) also bowled well, with only Bakker (52 off 50) and Hayden Trollip (21 off 37 balls) offering much resistance.

Koen and Brandon Nash started cautiously in pursuit of the 178-run target, with Paul du Plessis (1/20 off seven) putting the brakes on and accounting for the wicket of Nash.

Koen kept the scoreboard ticking, ably supported by Munier Holiday (15 runs of 30 balls) and Mario Solomons (28 runs of 45 balls), before a 45-minute rain delay reduced the target to 150 from 34 overs.

Boland got a glimmer of hope when Du Plessis ran Koen out for 58 (off 82 balls), but Man of the Match Kemp stepped up again, smashing 20 off 10 balls as WP chased for the target with three overs and four wickets to spare.

All in all, a good day was had by the players - old friendships were renewed, current friendships strengthened and, most importantly, new friendships were made.

Looking forward to the next time these two sides meet!

By Claude Chantler